Florida patient stories

  1. Random Chat With a Stranger Leads to a Second Chance at Life

    ? When John Branson struck up a conversation with Edgar Roberts, the two had no way of knowing their chance meeting would motivate John to become Edgar's kidney donor. But that's exactly what happened. Today, Edgar is enjoying renewed health, thanks to John's generosity. John Branson has saved many a life during his 28 years [...]

  2. Better Communication Paves the Way for Dramatic Change in Carolyn Ostrout's Health

    Plagued by symptoms of cirrhosis and unclear communication, Carolyn Ostrout found her health was failing. But a visit to Mayo Clinic that included working with an American Sign Language interpreter led the way to a liver transplant and dramatic improvement in her health.? February 2017 was a big month for Carolyn and Bruce Ostrout. The [...]

  3. Therapist Celebrates 10 Years of Vitality After Surgery for a Rare Brain Tumor

    In July 2017, Sally Kirilloff marked a decade since her care team at Mayo Clinic successfully removed a large, rare brain tumor, enabling her to continue enjoying her work, her hobbies and her family. For Sally Kirilloff, July 5 is a day to celebrate. "That day means another chance," says Sally, who this year marks [...]

  4. The Sky's the Limit for College Freshman After Double-Lung Transplant

    Thanks to a double-lung transplant at Mayo Clinic, Logan McCaskill is breathing easier and on her way to a healthier future. University of Central Florida freshman biology major Logan McCaskill has her sights set on a career with NASA. The Orlando native hopes to work for the agency researching how to grow plants in space. [...]

  5. Florida Realtor's Remarkable Recovery After Paralyzing Injury

    A debilitating illness left Bonne Jones paralyzed from the waist down. Doctors were unsure if she would walk again. But expert surgery at Mayo Clinic, coupled with Bonne's fierce determination, put her back in stride. Barbara "Bonne" Jones doesn't take anything for granted, especially being able to walk. Over just a few weeks last year, [...]

  6. The Liver Transplant a Hurricane Couldn't Stop

    When Hurricane Matthew blew into the East Coast, the storm brought significant destruction with it. But it couldn't derail Robert Gall's liver transplant and his second chance for a healthy life.? When it struck the United States in October 2016, Hurricane Matthew brought significant destruction and devastation, especially to people along the East Coast. But [...]

  7. Beating Esophageal Cancer Odds to Become an Advocate

    Esophageal cancer can be deadly if it's not caught early. Fortunately for Mary Helen Duggar, her Mayo Clinic doctors found her cancer when it could still be treated. Today she's working to help others learn more about the disease. It's been more than a decade since Missouri native Mary Helen Duggar received the news that [...]

  8. From Patient to Advocate to Caregiver: Taking Charge of My Heart Health

    A heart attack at age 39 shocked Sandy Driggers into action. After surgery, Sandy lost weight, began exercising and went back to school to become a nurse. Now she helps others facing heart health challenges. Written by Sandy Driggers I struggled with my weight for the majority of my life. I never really gave a [...]

  9. Stroke of Luck ? Quick Response and New Treatment Keep Curtis Wood in the Game

    Quick assessment and expert care are key to successful stroke treatment. Curtis Wood benefitted from both through Mayo Clinic's Comprehensive Stroke Center. The last thing Curtis Wood remembers before waking up in the hospital was trying to close a bag of bagels. On Jan. 27, 2016, the Titusville, Florida, resident went to a local hardware [...]

  10. Aggressive Treatment Turns the Tide in Taylor Overby's Fight Against Colon Cancer

    Despite repeated treatment, Taylor Overby's colon cancer kept coming back. Then the 25-year-old's care team at Mayo Clinic offered her a unique surgical option, and that has made a world of difference.? It's been almost four years since Taylor Overby began her tenacious battle with metastatic colon cancer when she was just 21 years old. [...]

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